Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Pesach Sheini

Six years ago, Pesach Sheini fell out on Sunday, May 6. Until that point, the relatively obscure holiday really held no associations for me, and I'm pretty sure I barely knew what it was. But that year, it became a very special date, and has remained so since. On Pesach Sheini, six years ago, RaggedyDad and I got engaged.

Pesach Sheni (“the Second Pesach”) is celebrated on the 14th of Iyar, a month after the eve of Pesach. The Torah (Bamidbar 9:6-11) re­lates that in the first year after the Exodus, when the Jewish people were preparing to bring the Pesach sacrifice:

There were [certain] men who were impure because [they had come in contact with a] human corpse and they could not bring the Pesach offering on that day. They came before Moshe... and said, “We are un­clean... [but] why should we be held back from bringing the offering of G‑d in its time?...”

And Moshe said to them, “Stand and hear what G‑d will command concerning you.”

G‑d said..., “If any man be impure... or on a distant way [on the day of the Pesach offering]..., he shall sacrifice the Pesach offering to G‑d, in the second month, on the fourteenth day at dusk....”

Anyone who did not bring a Pesach offering, whether be­cause of impurity or even because he had willfully trans­gressed G‑d’s will, was thus given the opportunity to com­pensate for his shortcoming by bringing an offering on Pesach Sheni. (Talmud, Pesachim 93a)

via Chabad.org)


One thing I'll never forget about that day (besides RaggedyDad's proposal) is how my grandfather, of blessed memory, spoke briefly back at my parents' house that night. I can still hear his voice resonating with strength, yet cracking slightly with the emotion he was prone to during such occasions, especially in those years: (paraphrased)

"Those Yidden who were late in the game for various reasons were despondent. 'Me too!' they cried to Moshe. I want to have a part in this, too! [RaggedyDad] likewise insisted, 'Me too!' and sought inclusion into a Torah lifestyle through significant challenge."

He connected RaggedyDad's and my relationship, RaggedyDad's own personal story as a Russian ba'al teshuvah, and the observance of Pesach Sheini in a way that was so poignant and moving.

Happy Engagemaversary, RaggedyDad. Thanks for asking me :)

13 comments:

RaggedyPap said...

Happy Anniversary!

Ezzie said...

Happy Engagiversary! (LOL - love the RaggedyPap... :P )

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Happy Anniversary...great post on a great topic!

orieyenta said...

Awww...what a sweet story and I love the "me too!" Happy Anniversary.

socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Happy anniversary that is so nice.

mother in israel said...

Mazal Tov!

SephardiLady said...

Happy Anniversary and may you celebrate many more. What a beautiful dvar Torah that your grandfather gave. Thank you for sharing. It moved me.

WaysofZion said...

Congrats!

Irina Tsukerman said...

Happy Engagiversary! : )

frumhouse said...

This is so sweet! Mazal Tov! I can't remember the exact date Mr. Frumhouse and I got engaged. Sometime in December of 1992....

:)

triLcat said...

mazal tov!

RaggedyMom said...

Thanks, everybody!

marcel said...

bonjour
pourquoi ne pas ecrire a une grande personnalite!
je poste vottre lettre
shalom
marcel
jewisheritage.fr